Dubai Virtual License

If you ever wanted to do business in Dubai but always struggled to find time to move here and get a company license, then this article is for you.

The Dubai virtual business license allows entrepreneurs to do business in Dubai digitally – without the need to reside in the emirate. License holders can carry out a range of business-related activities, such as signing and submitting documents, electronically. These electronic signatures will be accepted as legally binding within the UAE.

What is Dubai Virtual License?

To be eligible for a virtual license you must reside outside of the UAE and be a national or tax resident in an approved country.

Eligible countries include:









Saudi Arabia

South Africa




Non-eligible countries include:







Sri Lanka



How to apply for a Dubai virtual license?

The process of applying for a Dubai virtual business license consists of three simple steps:

Step 1: Select your business activity

The full list of permitted activities under a virtual license is as follows:

Computer Systems & Communication Equipment Software Design

Electronic Chips Programming


Social Media Applications Development & Management

Cyber Security Architecture

Public Networking Services

Cyber Risk Management Services

Auditing, Reviewing and Testing Cyber Risks

Managed Cyber Security Services Provider

Marketing Services Via Social Media

Fashion Design

Jewellery Design

Design Services (Interior Design, Garden Design)

Calligraphers & Painters

Product Design

Books Binding

Typesetting Services

Color Separation Services

Design & Artwork Services

Greeting Cards Production & Distribution Services

Promotional Gifts Preparing

Step 2: Pick your company name

There are a few things to keep in mind when making this decision. You must abide by a strict, yet easy to follow, set of naming conventions. We recommend you work with Business Incorporation Zone (BIZ), a Dubai company formation specialist to help you in the process.

Step 3: Your license application

Once you are ready with the above steps, you will need the blow documents to complete the registration process.

  • Passport copy (with more than 3 months till expiry)
  • Proof of address (any utility bill or official letter, not more than 3 months old)
  • Proof of tax residency (if you are not from the approved countries)
  • A recent photo on white background (not more than 3 months old)
  • Completed application including your name in Arabic script (if your current or past nationality is that of an Arab country, information on your experience with Dubai (have you visited or lived in UAE before? Have you owned a UAE company? Or acted as director at a UAE company?)